Fiona Mullins was on board when Goldboy stepped up to 2m4f at Clonmel and produced an emphatic victory. This is much tougher but her claim is a bonus and her mount will prove difficult to beat though MUMBO BAY is just preferred. Patrick Mullins takes the ride again on the son of Vinnie Roe, who was a very impressive winner over this trip on his debut at Cork. Yes Sir Brian won a Punchestown bumper in February and very nearly caused an upset when getting within a short-head of Wicklow Brave at Listowel last month so he must be a threat along with Mike McCann, who looked as though a longer trip would be ideal when making a winning debut at Perth. Aidan O'Brien and Jim Bolger are represented by newcomers King Leon and No Print Nor Plan and both should be respected in a much stronger bumper than usual.
Agent James (IRE) 20-1 (11-7) Held up, 6th halfway, dropped to rear over 4f out, pushed along and no impression 3f out, ridden and kept on one pace straight, last of 7, 11l behind Wicklow Brave (11-10) at Listowel 2m N H flat hvy in Sep.
Goldboy (IRE) 9-4fav (11-7) Keen hold and chased leader, disputed after 6f, 2nd halfway, improved to lead 3f out, challenged 2f out, ridden over 1f out, kept on well final furlong, won at Clonmel 2m 4f N H flat sft beating Festival Opera (12-0) by 7l, 11 ran.
Makethedifference (IRE) 33-1 (12-0) Always towards rear, ridden and no impression before straight, weakened and completely tailed off, last of 11, dis behind The Liquidator (12-0) at Punchestown 2m N H flat (1) sft in Apr.
Mike McCann (IRE) 9-2 (11-2) Always prominent, led over 2f out, driven out, won at Perth 2m NH flat (5) gd in Jul beating Definite Row (11-0) by 2 1/2l, 10 ran.
Mumbo Bay (IRE) 7-2fav (12-0) Tracked leaders, improved to challenge going well from over 2f out, ridden to lead 1 1/2f out, clear final furlong, stayed on well, won at Cork 2m 3f N H flat gf in Aug beating Silver Pheasant (11-9) by 5l, 20 ran.
Theos Well 6-1 (11-7) Soon tracked leaders, keen hold, in front into straight, clear from 2f out, stayed on well, won at Listowel 2m N H flat in Sep beating Beluckyagain (11-7) by 6l, 18 ran.
Onwiththeparty 10-3 (11-10) Tracked leader in 2nd, improved to lead on inner 6f out, ridden entering straight, stayed on well under pressure final furlong, won at Sligo 2m 2f N H flat hvy beating Giantofaman (11-7) by 5l, 13 ran.
Yes Sir Brian (IRE) 9-2 (11-10) Attempted to make all, ridden and challenged 1 1/2f out, disputed inside final furlong and just headed at line, 2nd of 7, shd behind Wicklow Brave (11-10) at Listowel 2m N H flat hvy in Sep.
Big Smile (IRE) Zagreb gelding out of Pretty Buckskin.
Mister Bungle (IRE) 14-1 (11-7) Tracked leaders, 8th 5f out, no impression and kept on same pace straight, 11th of 15, 24l behind Honkytonktennessee (11-8) at Limerick 2m N H flat gd in Jul.
Perrie Hill (IRE) 33-1 (11-7) Held up towards rear, pushed along into 5th 3f out, ridden over 2f out, closed in 4th 1f out, stayed on to press winner closing stages final furlong, 2nd of 8, 1/2l behind Bonobo (12-0) at Tramore 2m N H flat gd.
King Leon (IRE) Mountain High gelding out of None The Wiser.
No Print Nor Plan (IRE) Waky Nao gelding out of Eyelet.
Loch Ard Lady (IRE) 5-2fav (11-5) Close up and disputed lead, in front 5f out, pressed straight, headed and kept on same pace inside final furlong, 3rd of 18, 3l behind Angel Chorus (10-12) at Listowel 2m mrs N H flat in Sep.
Show Me The Monkey Old Vic filly out of Ashnaya.